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Real Time PCR Diagnosis/Reference Testing

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Reference Details


Molecular detection of Neisseria meningitidis DNA by real time PCR.

Test Category:
Molecular Detection
Neisseria meningitidis
Illnesses and Diseases:
  • Meningitis

Minimum 0.5 mL of CSF or 1 mL of EDTA whole blood or other normally sterile body fluids.

Specimens may be subject to rejection if they are not the appropriate sample type, have insufficient volume, or are not accompanied by relevant patient information.

Collection Method:


Specimen Processing, Storage and Shipping:

Store CSF in freezer and ship frozen on dry ice.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods:

Shipping of specimens shall be done by a TDG certified individual in accordance with TDG regulations. For additional information regarding classification of specimens for the purposes of shipping, consult either Part 2 Appendix 3 of the TDG Regulations or section 3.6.2 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as applicable.


Patient Criteria:

Suspected of invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis.

Accompanying Documentation:

Completed Vaccine Preventable Bacterial Diseases requisition form including sender lab name, address, fax number and telephone number.  Patient identifier (specimen reference #), patient initials, date of birth and sex. Type of specimen, source of isolation, date collected, and test requested.  Vaccine history (if known).



Methods and Interpretation of Results:

For research purposes only.

Turnaround Time:

20 calendar days (unless specified as urgent).

Phone #: (204) 789-2130
Fax: (204) 789-2018